“While opponents of the regime and activists are chased down by regime forces and subjected to arbitrary arrest and liquidation in areas under regime control, by contrast, regime supporters in areas controlled by the FSA can express their opinions freely. We can even find them sitting in the village guest house sharing jokes and drinking tea in one of the most beautiful scenes of the revolution that I have seen.”
(Reuters) – Thirty years ago Hafez al-Assad cut phone lines from Hama to stop word spreading of his bloody crackdown on an uprising in the city, ensuring that the 1982 Syrian revolt was crushed and many thousands killed before the world even knew of it.
Rebels groups in the western parts of Aleppo Province get united under the nameAl-Mostasim Brigadeshttp://youtu.be/uAuXtMT-5YY But while the video is meant to show unity, it unintentionally reveals the degree of fragmentation involved in the rebellion movement when the leaders of over 20 different units introduce themselves and take the pledge. Regional and ideological differences are pretty apparent and the prospects of a lasting union seem dim. But for now, attempts at consolidation continue.
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